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Russia rejoins deal to export grain from Ukraine

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Call it a win for diplomacy. On Wednesday, Russia said it would rejoin the wartime agreement allowing Ukrainian grain and agriculture commodities to reach world markets through the Black Sea.

Less than a week ago, Russia said it was abandoning the deal after an alleged drone attack against its Black Sea Fleet. Russia said the attack happened on Oct. 29. The Russian Navy reportedly repelled the 16 attacking drones at its base in Sevastopol. Russia said there was little damage done.

Russia accused Ukraine of using the protected shipping corridor to launch the strike. The Ukrainians never claimed responsibility for the reported attack, and some Ukrainian officials said it was probably the result of Russians mishandling their own equipment. Regardless of the origins of the attack or its responsible party, Ukraine made a pledge to not use the shipping corridor to launch strikes.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement it “believes the guarantees it has received currently appear sufficient, and resumes the implementation of the agreement.”

Under the terms of the original agreement reached in July, the United Nations and Turkey created separate deals with Russia and Ukraine to deliver grain and other food supplies to Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.

Ukraine and Russia are both key global food exporters. Without an agreement in place to deliver Ukrainian grain to market, millions of the world’s poorest people could starve.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

CALL IT A WIN FOR DIPLOMACY.

ON WEDNESDAY, RUSSIA SAID IT WOULD REJOIN THE WARTIME AGREEMENT ALLOWING UKRAINIAN GRAIN AND AG COMMODITIES TO REACH WORLD MARKETS VIA THE BLACK SEA.

RUSSIA HAD SAID, JUST A FEW DAYS AGO, IT WAS ABANDONING THE DEAL AFTER AN ALLEGED DRONE ATTACK AGAINT ITS BLACK SEA FLEET.

RUSSIA SAID UKRAINE USED THE PROTECTED SHIPPING CORRIDOR TO LAUNCH THE STRIKE, WHICH APPARENTLY RESULTED IN LITTLE DAMAGE.

THE UKRAINIANS NEVER CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE REPORTED ATTACK, AND SOME UKRAINIAN OFFICIALS SAID IT WAS PROBABLY THE RESULT OF RUSSIANS MISHANDLING THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT.

BE THAT AS IT MAY, UKRAINE MADE A PLEDGE TO NOT USE THE SHIPPING CORRIDOR TO LAUNCH STRIKES, AND RUSSIA SAID THAT WAS GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM TO RESUME THE GRAIN DEAL.

UNDER THE TERMS OF THE ORIGINAL AGREEMENT REACHED IN JULY, THE UN AND TURKEY CREATED SEPARATE DEALS WITH RUSSIA AND UKRAINE TO DELIVER GRAIN AND OTHER FOOD SUPPLIES TO AFRICA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND PARTS OF ASIA.

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA ARE BOTH KEY GLOBAL FOOD EXPORTERS. WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT IN PLACE TO DELIVER UKRAINIAN GRAIN TO MARKET, MILLIONS OF THE WORLD’S POOREST PEOPLE COULD STARVE.

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Call it a win for diplomacy. On Wednesday, Russia said it would rejoin the wartime agreement allowing Ukrainian grain and agriculture commodities to reach world markets through the Black Sea.

Less than a week ago, Russia said it was abandoning the deal after an alleged drone attack against its Black Sea Fleet. Russia said the attack happened on Oct. 29. The Russian Navy reportedly repelled the 16 attacking drones at its base in Sevastopol. Russia said there was little damage done.

Russia accused Ukraine of using the protected shipping corridor to launch the strike. The Ukrainians never claimed responsibility for the reported attack, and some Ukrainian officials said it was probably the result of Russians mishandling their own equipment. Regardless of the origins of the attack or its responsible party, Ukraine made a pledge to not use the shipping corridor to launch strikes.

The Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement it “believes the guarantees it has received currently appear sufficient, and resumes the implementation of the agreement.”

Under the terms of the original agreement reached in July, the United Nations and Turkey created separate deals with Russia and Ukraine to deliver grain and other food supplies to Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia.

Ukraine and Russia are both key global food exporters. Without an agreement in place to deliver Ukrainian grain to market, millions of the world’s poorest people could starve.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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